Early voting is underway across South Dakota.
For the next 46 days, voters will have a chance to pick their candidates early, either by mail or in person.
The first person cast a ballot in Pennington County at 8:01 Friday morning. A total of six had voted by noon.
Auditor, Julie Pearson said her office is hoping for a 50 percent turnout this election. She says it is an aggressive but realistic goal because of the high profile races. She added that the early voting process is a good gauge for turnout, and the outcome of the race.
"Since we've opened up absentee to early voting and that's 30 percent of the voter turnout, it has proven that it's a pretty clear indicator. Now, in a race that close, it flips back and forth depending upon where that candidate is getting their support," said Pearson.